FITCHBURG --The North Central Blaze AAU basketball club is hosting a series of eight middle school girls basketball clinics, during the month of August, at the St. Bernard's Activities Center.

The clinic will feature some of New England's top collegiate women's basketball coaches, including Worcester State's Karen Tessmer, Endicott College's Brittany Hutchinson and many others.

Girls entering grades four through eight are invited to attend. The dates of the clinics are Mondays and Thursdays in August (Aug. 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29). The first session for girls in grades four and five, as well as beginning sixth-graders will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m., followed by advanced sixth-graders,seventh and eighth graders from 7-9 p.m.

Clinics will focus on individual player development as well as team concepts.

The cost is $75 (pre-registration required) for all 8 clinics, or $15 per session (pay at the door each night.) For more information, go towww.northcentralblaze.comor e-mail to